For Immediate Release: September 1, 2009
Norton, MA — It may be warm and sunny outside but today was all about ice hockey.
As part of a special lead-up to the playing of the 2009 Deutsche Bank Championship, members of the Boston Bruins were on hand at the TPC of Boston on Tuesday to present The First Tee of Masssachusetts with a check for $18,000.
The presentation was held following the conclusion of the Deutsche Bank Red Sox Legends & Friends Pro-Am on the practice putting green. On hand to take part in the special ceremony were Boston Bruins players, Byron Bitz, David Krejci, Shawn Thornton and Dennis Wideman along with Boston Bruins Foundation Director of Development Bob Sweeney and Bruins Alumni and Sports Hub 98.5 Color Commentator, Bob Beers.
"We are honored to accept this generous donation from the Boston Bruins Foundation," said Joe McCabe, executive director of The First Tee of Massachusetts. "Many of our participants were on hand today and while they were thrilled to have a chance to meet the Bruins players, they understand how this type of support allows our program to expand each year."
To McCabe's point, The First Tee of Massachusetts was launched in 2003 and has since grown exponentially to where it serves more than 6,000 Bay State youth per year. The program currently operates out of an 18-hole, par 3 headquarter facility in Norton called MGA Links at Mamantapett and three satellite locations in Springfield, Lynnfield and on Cape Cod. There are plans to open a fourth satellite facility in Boston.
In addition, The First Tee of Massachusetts works directly with local community groups in order to reach out to as many children as possible. The mission of the program – after all – is to impact the lives of children by offering learning facilities and educational programs that promote character development and life-enhancing values through the game of golf.
On behalf of The First Tee of Massachusetts participants... thank you Boston Bruins Foundation!
About the MGA Junior Golf Fund
In 2006, the Massachusetts Golf Association launched the MGA Junior Golf Fund in hopes of supporting all of its junior golf initiatives.
The MGA currently operates The First Tee of Massachusetts in hopes of introducing a younger generation to the game of golf. The First Tee of Massachusetts is a statewide initiative that offers programming at MGA Links at Mamantapett located in Norton. The program is offered at sites in Lynnfield, Springfield, and Hyannis in addition to a variety of seasonal programs at other locations around the state. The First Tee is a unique program that introduces children to the game of golf while at the same time using the Nine Core Values of The First Tee curriculum to teach life skills that are important on and off the golf course.
About the Boston Bruins Foundation
The Boston Bruins Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation whose mission is to assist charitable organizations that demonstrate a strong commitment to enhancing the quality of life for children throughout New England. Since its inception in July 2003 by the Jacobs Family, it has raised more than 3 million dollars through a series of fundraising events.
The Foundation, which provides grants to organizations that meet the standards of its mission, concentrates on athletics, academics, health, and community outreach programs that assist in helping enrich the lives of children throughout New England.
Fans interested in learning more about Boston Bruins Foundation should visit www.bostonbruinsfoundation.com or call 617.624.1928.